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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

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Great piece of histiey

What a great tourist attraction in heart of Melbourne. We spent a few hours strolling through the gaol, heaps of interesting info, then got locked in a cell in a watch house tour... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a great tourist attraction in heart of Melbourne. We spent a few hours strolling through the gaol, heaps of interesting info, then got locked in a cell in a watch house tour. Guard was hysterically funny, loved it!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The tour guides made the place! We had a fantastic guide who made it quite interesting for the least cultured people. Has some very interesting history. Would recommend for everyone

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we were first in a old prison, inside rooms seem alive, explain about people were in the past , and famous criminal people . after this we be arrested by the change sergeant . built in 188s, the Old melbourne Gaol is on of the Melbourne's oldest surviving buildings. view the cells where some of Australian's most notorius prisoners were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Old Melbourne Gaol is well worth a visit. The tour starts with a visit to the watch house where you get "arrested" and processed by the duty sergeant who made the process very realistic . You are locked in a cell and the lights are turned off. If you are good, you are let out into the exercise yard... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the walk through history and the reenanctment of the life of Ned Kelly in which I was selected for a bit role :). Also found the "Watch Room" tour depicting how prisoners were processed interesting and the Sgt. was a great tour guide; I wouldn't mess with her!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Discovered this by simply looking at the tourist map and thought "that would be cool to go to". It really was. Very informative tour, and the Watch House was truly a unique experience all in itself. The whole thing is a "must see/do" while visiting Melbourne.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Oh this place was great to see. The tour guide was fantastic. We were able to take photos and take part in the scenarios . It was fun but also informative. A great place to go and visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The last time I was here was in 2003 and I was happy to see that some of the information had been updated. I can't remember if the tour existed back then but it was really fun to do. Make sure to check out the Melbourne tourist guides for 25% off coupons.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to the Old Melbourne Gaol not having any expectations and as soon as you buy your tickets you can either go to the court house and see where the prisoners would stay and the conditions. It only shut down in 1994. After the courthouse tour which was fantastic we headed back into the old Gaol where you find... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

i went to watch the Australian open.this facility is fantastic.they cater so well for all the crowds. it doesnt feel too claustrophobic.t he drinks and food selection is excellent.

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